• WordNet 3.6
    • n aneurism a cardiovascular disease characterized by a saclike widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aneurism (Med) A soft, pulsating, hollow tumor, containing blood, arising from the preternatural dilation or rupture of the coats of an artery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aneurism In pathology, a localized dilatation of an artery, due to the pressure of the blood acting on a part weakened by accident or disease.
    • n aneurism In thermometry, an enlargement of the capillary tube of the thermometer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aneurism an′ūr-izm a soft tumour arising from the dilatation of an artery acting on a part weakened by disease or injury:
    • n Aneurism an′ūr-izm (fig.) any abnormal enlargement—adjs. An′eurismal, An′eurismatic.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , , a widening, an opening; up + wide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. aneurysmaana, up, eurys, wide.


In literature:

There was, of course, the well-known instance of Liston and the aneurism; and a dozen others that I could mention.
"Round the Red Lamp" by Arthur Conan Doyle
We call it a rupture of the aneurism, and when that happens mortal life ends.
"'Smiles'" by Eliot H. Robinson
Aneurisms impede the circulation of the blood, and may give rise to intermittent lameness.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Aortic aneurism and its effects on neighbouring organs.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
On Monday, went to Dr. Todd, who told him he had aneurism of the heart.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Physicians had been sent for, who had attributed his death to an aneurism.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
But she is evidently in bad health, and dies the same night of aneurism.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
He had aneurism of the heart, the doctor says.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
His death, which took place suddenly, at the age of twenty-nine, was due to an aneurism.
"The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use" by Henry Saint-George
The reporter of the following case, quotes also MONRO, as having cited examples of this kind of aneurism.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various

In poetry:

Now, when the stethoscope came out,
The flies began to buzz and whiz
Oh ho! the matter is clear, no doubt;
An aneurism there plainly is.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But even on this bitter shore of Styx
Where Life to dogged Death puts the last schism,
We kindle for the ending of the dark:
The Asthma feebly jokes the Aneurism,
The little bandaged boy in Number Six
Sings "Ye shall die" with a voice like a lark.
"Charing Cross" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

Micro-sample Viscometer Advances Cranial Aneurism Treatment.
Did not err in granting defendant-employer's motion for summary judgment in ADEA and ADA action alleging that defendant terminated 54-year-old plaintiff on account of his age, as well as the fact that he was suffering from brain aneurism.
After moving to Mankato, he worked at Pioneer Research as a line worker until he suffered a cranial aneurism in 1999.